Found August 11, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
After Brett Anderson's last start with the A's on June 19th, Oakland was 33-36, 9.5 games out of the AL West lead and 4.5 games back of the Angels for the second wild card. Since then, the A's are 27-15, and went into last night's game with the White Sox 5.5 games behind the Rangers for the division lead, and a half game up on the Orioles and Tigers for the top wild card spot in the AL. McCarthy's start went relatively fine...aside from three pitches. In his six innings of work, he allowed six hits, three runs, one walk, and got four strikeouts. However, he allowed three homers...all solo shots, and that kept the White Sox in the game. In retrospect, sending McCarthy out in the seventh to face Dayan Viciedo was probably a mistake, as Viciedo led the inning off with a homer to tie the game, resulting in McCarthy getting pulled. Then, to end the game, little used White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks hit his first career homer off of Pat Neshek to give the Whit...
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